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citizens about decisions that are affecting their lives. also the inappropriate influence that the money plays in the decisions. the heart of our daily work lies in the request that we filled from concerned citizens and reporters. these are very similar in nature to the complaints that the task force fields at its meetings. what it citizens to report is because they are in need of some information, some governmental matter that is important to them. frequently, they do so with a sense that whatever they are concerned about is being handled improperly. i am well-practiced in fielding requests, doing rigorous research and, and of value waiting in an even-handed manner whether they represent some kind of red flag, so to
speak, which is calling attention to. along with this knowledge and experience, i think another qualification of mine for this position is my deep passion for transparency. i have a deeply held belief that transparency is one of the most important elements in a healthy democracy. before there is a realistic expectation, citizens will be engage with the workings of their government, which i hope we would agree is the definition of a healthy democracy. there must be the availability of information about the workings of the government. people can't engage that which they don't know. i say this at this present because this information is not
as available as it should be. many people have spoken to this widely. the president has highlighted problems that are present throughout the entire country. fortunately, this is not an insurmountable problem. we live in an age where we have to communication tools and technology to make education a public resource with relative ease. it seems to be the case that if democracy will continue to serve as the leading standard, a pioneering government by the people and for the people, we will have to rapidly leverage those tools and facilitate citizens engagement. in my mind, the potential lies in forward-thinking localities
like san francisco. the task force is a torch bearer for the movement on top of what i know must be a larger movement and i think that we are set up to take advantage of the unique opportunity to continue leading the charge in our cities and serving as a model of what a local democracy can achieve. the only way that we can do this is by improving the information that we are making available to our citizens and giving them the ammunition that they need to be defective. we need to be able to flourish and i am extremely excited about
this and i will bring the entirety of my energy to do if given the opportunity. >> do you have any questions. -- questions? >> i know this is an immense amount of time and i'm wondering about your ability to make all of the meetings. >> i am extremely committed to doing that is given the opportunity. >> ok. any other questions? think you so much. >> ok, next. >> good afternoon, supervisors. and like my colleagues, i don't
bring a long history of political work or baggage to the forum. i have lived overseas most of my life. my father was an ambassador for the united nations. i think that this was an education in itself, to deal with people from different cultures and backgrounds. the purpose of the task force is to determine what is right and wrong. to be free of any political bias or political connections is a blessing rather than a hindrance. i did to a few years as a paralegal. in anticipation of your
questions, i work for myself so i think that i will be able to attend all of the regular and special meetings of this very important task force. in my application, which was just the one page, did you receive this? i sent it by e-mail. if the last question is if you have ever attended any of the meetings and i have not but i did go on line to look at the printed materials and it does not seem that there are any video records yet, but this is a very important task force and hopefully something that will be remedied.
>> thank you. >> any questions? >> just a quick question, i know that you are applying also for the entertainment commission. >> i put that down but this is the one i am most interested because this touches many different areas of the city government as well as dealing directly with people. i should have probably withdrawn this application but this is the one i am most interested in. >> i have not received any response to that. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> mr. jackson west. after that, we will move to public comment.
>> members of the board, mr. elsbernd, mr. tim, i applied for an appointment to the sunshine ordinance taskforce last year. i am interested in seat 11 as a member of the public. i was educated in media production, i have primarily worked in technology although over the past five years as a self-employed journalist. in terms of any political background, i am politically independent, i am not a member of any party or any organization. my commitment to the issue is one of someone who has spent a
lot of time in interest cruising databases including the website. sometimes in frustration. while i have not worked through the sunshine ordinance process, i have experienced filings and requests on the federal level. in terms of the time commitment. i do work as a startup in san francisco, i am flexible in terms of where i can work and otherwise for a fairer consideration as i think there would to a thorough job. >> >> we will be open now for public comment.
>> i am a san francisco resident and i would like to speak on behalf of tax and's application. i owe it to him to overcome his modesty. you cannot understate his commitment to the online media world of san francisco. he has helped to build what is the most read blog in san francisco. he has written some interesting articles on the data policy. in the san francisco online world, when he speaks, people listen and i think you'd bring those connections to the task force an engage that committee
and raise the profile of that task force. i think that the task force does a good job but it is stuck in a 20th-century world and i think that there is more that we can be done to bring in a new technology development happening in the city and engage a lot of those in development -- independent developers that are working on. we would like to make more information available to the public in san francisco and i urge you to support his application. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i have seen mr. hyland be
interested in what is going on at city hall. he sees the value of what the commission's do. this is so important and he brings a real wealth of integrity. he is very hard working, he is very knowledgeable and he comes with really no baggage that all in terms of issues, he is not a super political person. this is very important especially with the sunshine task force. i would like to urge you to give him his first kept in city hall and i think that you will all be in very happy with the result. >> i would like to speak in support of jackson west.
he cares a lot about open government and has the intersection of experience and technology and journalism naturally falls in the area of where the sunshine is concerned. having the connections to the committee on, people who want to see people working in city hall, i think he would do great job and we should let him. >> i am urging you to please take a [singing] good candidate for the task force and they up our city life. you give us hope for a better day and light up our night and make it better, all the way.
it cannot be wrong. keep the task force strong. please line up our sunshine task force, light. >> thank you. are there any other speakers? seeing 9, public comment is closed. i see at least two of our sunshine task force. i would like to think of the applicants who applied for these seats. it is great to see there is
such been an interest in transparency and the open government processes. it is good to see some and citizens who are interested in serving on our task force. we would like to think the current members for their dedication and taking responsibility and representing on behalf of our city. they view. are there any comments or questions on this item? >> i know that several of the members have been fairly active with the sunshine ordinance taskforce. i have an interest in seeing those that have a history of this. a key unfortunately were not here today.
>> primarily, in covering issues around city hall, unfortunately doing it while having paid jobs meant that i generally had to participate from afar. that primarily meant dealing with the e-mail lists, reports, and checking it out on line, the task force. now, it is true that i don't know the process to the letter and in fact i would be a neophyte to it. i would actually hope -- i would take on the responsibility for learning that and respecting the knowledge of the task force that already exists to draw on their experience going forward. >> a great deal of what you do,
we could call you a reporter. that is my concern. if there is a seat that represents journalists, i'm wondering in the grand scheme of things of that is a more appropriate fit for you than this seat. >> i had a career change. i am no longer self-employed. i work downtown in the marketing department. this is an open source software company. i took a sabbatical from writing for free or for pay. >> unless something changes for
the terms, i don't see a conflict arising. >> ok. >> you would probably not be eligible for the society for professional journalists. >> i have not applied. i don't know what the membership requirements are. >> does anyone know the answer the question? >> as you know the task force has two seats appointed by the society professional journalists. one is four and a journalist, one is for an attorney. if mr. west is no longer a journalist, my educated guess is
that he would not be nominated. >> thank you. >> without objection. >> fine with me. >> absolutely. >> with recommendation to the full board. thank you very much, supervisor elsbern. will you please call item number two? >> by them number 80 is considering three members to the general obligation bond oversight committee. >> i would like to call up the applicants in the order.
first thought we have thea selby and larry liederman. >> good afternoon. great to be here. i am a resident of district 2. i am applying for a seat as a member of the business community. i have been with them for about a year. i have been a regular for more than 10 years. let me highlight three main reasons in support of my appointment to this committee. first, i think i would note your attention to my professional experience. i spend about six years on wall street, 1st with merrill lynch,
then i worked directly for the new york city comptroller's office where my role was to help coordinate many of the tasks and the city to issue bonds and notes. i've also worked as a financing professional for private companies, also for startups. i've negotiated contracts and settlement agreements and save companies millions of dollars. i want to continue to serve the public. for the past couple of years, i have been on the board directors for the child welfare league of america and i have been share of the audit committee. we have had a clean audits in spite of challenging financial
times. this is a very important organization to the country and i continue to serve actively. we have three meetings per year and monthly meetings on the phone. since moving to the area, i am a regular volunteer for the bay area outreach program. they are over in the east bay. they provide various sports and fitness programs for disabled folks. lastly, as an individual i hate to waste money and i hate to see money wasted. i think that my skills would come in to great use and i would like to apply them. i would like to thank the rules committee for this opportunity and i asked for your support and i hope to serve the citizens. >> are there any questions?
>> next, we have robert muscat. >> i am the executive director of local 21. in terms of experience, i have over 40 years experience in the private sector, labor movement, various capacities. i've worked on many governmental organizations and projects and i have been a long time applicant. i have a much greater appreciation for the bond program and its impact on the quality of life. i've spent a lot of time in the
committee trying to improve coordination between departments and make other changes and have the committee have a more meaningful role. >> thank you. are there any questions? thank you so much for your service on this committee already. next, we have jonathan alloy >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for this opportunity to speak. i am a candidate for the bond oversight committee. my wife sarah and i live in supervisor elsbernd's district.
in accordance with the qualifications for seat 3, i have served on the board directors for the farmer's market and as a member of leadership san francisco. i am also a volunteer with the jewish -- and others and i was a delicate to the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods. i am gratified that mia application includes letters of recommendations from my colleagues. while i would serve as an individual and not a representative of my employer,
professionally i am a product manager for wells fargo bank. i also have marketing solutions with dupont and also had government agencies in washington, d.c.. i have a bachelor's degree in political science. i applied because i want to take a more active role in our democracy. i think the committee has a very important non-partisan role in investigating -- and in reviewing was so blower complaints. >> are there any questions? at this time, i will open up for public comment.